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CHAT: Humor, inter alia

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 9, 1999, 7:31
"Raymond A. Brown" wrote:

> >Its probably a cultural thing. 8-) > > Probably. It's certainly happened to me more than once. I've written > something that seemed to me obviously humorous and in this neck of the > woods would generally be taken so only to find that some one on the other > side of the pond took a very different view. I remember when we read Greek > comedy so many, many years ago, it was remarked how difficult it is for > humor to travel across cultural boundaries, but how universal tragedy was.
I have a feeling, though, that individual idiosyncracies have far greater influence than culture. Cultural trends only provide tendencies, not certitudes.
> But in the early hours of this morning as all was peaceful & quiet, I > suddenly remembered an example far closer to home: Finnish. Now that > language does not the familiar aspirated ~ unaspirated opposition of > Chinese & the languages of SE Asia. It has IIRC voiceless plosives /p/, > /t/, /k/ but only _one_ voiced plosive /d/. But it has at least two nasals > /n/ and /m/ and I'm fairly certain (or is it too lazy to check :) that /N/ > is also phonemic.
I think I've read somewhere, though, that [b] and [g] occur allophonicly. FWIW. ======================================================= Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." There's nothing particularly wrong with the proletariat. It's the hamburgers of the proletariat that I have a problem with. - Alfred Wallace ========================================================